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Preston North End and Derby County face off at Deepdale on Wednesday night. Despite the recent contrasting performance, the two teams have the same goal of narrowing the gap to 3 points with Cardiff City, who are occupying the last play-off position to promote next season.

Despite keeping a close distance from Cardiff, the team they lost on the weekend, 4 losses from 5 matches led to Preston losing the advantage in the top 6 fight. You also have to go back until September for Preston's last clean sheet at Deepdale, a series of 18 matches in all competitions. Both statistics show that Alex Neil is fighting against that to inspire a significant turning point at this stage of the season, especially starting with opponents who are in the mood to score a lot when away from home. That said, with this in the first 4 games left to play against the playoff rivals, Neil will hope that such occasions will act as a catalyst for his players to come back in. the coming weeks. Neil is expected to make more changes to his Preston side, including recalls awarded to Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire. Paul Huntington could also be considered for his first start from January after still being an unused replacement over the weekend.

Prior to the arrival of Wayne Rooney, Derby ranked 17th on the table, more interested in avoiding relegation than promotion to the Premier League. However, Rooney has helped inspire a team built by youth and experience, with Rams currently closer to the top 6 for the first time this season. Although they are still only 2 points above 12th place, 4 consecutive victories help the East Midlands club become a formidable opponent, stemming from Derby's decision to keep trust with coach Philip Cocu before the time. Postponement of the award. The latest success, a tough 2-1 win over Reading, earned 2 goals in 2 minutes before the end of the first half, and Cocu will feel that his team must learn from the way they played. 2nd half full of tension before Reading. Andre Wisdom will not be available to choose for the near future after he was hit by a car when visiting relatives in Liverpool on the weekend. Derby will also be without Tom Lawrence for the trip to the Northwest following his red card against Reading. However, the introduction of Duane Holmes, as well as Curtis Davies, to the starting lineup could prove to be the only changes made by Cocu.